Intel Corporation (INTC) announced that the company's fourth-quarter results are expected to be below the company's previous outlook due to hard disk drive supply shortages. The company now expects fourth-quarter revenue to be $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million, on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, lower than the previous expectation of $14.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million.
Sales of personal computers are expected to be up in the fourth quarter. However, the worldwide PC supply chain is reducing inventories and microprocessor purchases as a result of hard disk drive supply shortages. The company expects hard disk drive supply shortages to continue into the first quarter, followed by a rebuilding of microprocessor inventories as supplies of hard disk drives recover during the first half of 2012.
The company now expects the fourth-quarter gross margin to be 64.5 percent, plus or minus a couple of percentage points, lower than the previous expectation of 65 percent, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
Intel plans to report its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011 on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. Immediately following the earnings report, the company plans to publish a commentary by Stacy J. Smith, vice president and chief financial officer, at www.intc.com/results.cfm. A public webcast of Intel's earnings conference call will follow at 2:30 p.m. PST at www.intc.com.
Intel remains undervalued at a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.39. The announcement of fourth-quarter results potentially being below the company's previous outlook due to hard disk drive supply shortages is a buying opportunity. Intel is expected to continue to grow earnings and could trade at a price-to-earnings ratio of 12 - 15 based on relative peer multiples.